|Bianca Rowland & Krista Vansant|
[Volleyblog Seattle photo by Leslie Hamann]
Vansant was also named All-Conference Honorable Mention. Outside hitter Summer Ross was honorable mention for the Freshman team.
USC swept all the other major awards: Mick Haley, coach of the year, Alex Jupiter, player of the year, Kendall Bateman, setter of the year, and Natalie Hagglund, libero of the year.
From where we sit, two players on the All-Conference honorable mention team belonged instead on the First Team: Correy Johnson and Robin Rostratter, both of Cal.
Summer Ross should have been on the All-Freshman team. Hitters are too often evaluated only for their hitting, but Ross is an exceptional server, passer and blocker, and she played nearly every single second of the season.
Lauren Barfield--one of the nation's top blockers and a vastly improved hitter--deserved Honorable Mention consideration.
The Pac-12 press release and full list of honorees: Pac-12 Postseason Honors Announced